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Detection of Subclinical Ketosis in Dairy Cows
Zhigang Zhang, Guowen Liu1, Hongbin Wang, Xiaobing Li1 and Zhe Wang1*
College of Veterinary Medicine, Northeast Agricultural University, Harbin 150030, China; 1College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, Jilin University, Changchun 130062, China
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Ketosis is a common metabolic disorder frequently observed in dairy cows during the early lactation period. It is characterized by increased levels of ketone bodies in the blood, urine, and milk. Subclinical ketosis (SCK) in dairy cattle is an excess level of circulating ketone bodies in the absence of clinical signs of ketosis. Usually, detection of SCK is carried out by testing the ketone concentrations in blood, urine, and milk. Here, This review overview the detection methods for SCK in dairy cows, including cowside and laboratory tests.

Key words: Cowside tests, Dairy Cows, Ketone, Laboratory tests, Subclinical ketosis


ISSN 0253-8318 (Print)
ISSN 2074-7764 (Online)